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Indian J Microbiol. 2012 Mar;52(1):48-53. doi: 10.1007/s12088-011-0187-1. Epub 2011 Jun 3.

Hexavalent Chromium Reduction and Accumulation by Acinetobacter AB1 Isolated from Fez Tanneries in Morocco.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Moulay Ismaïl University, BP 11 201 Zitoune, Meknès Morocco.

Abstract

Hexavalent chromium reduction and accumulation by Acinetobacter AB1 isolated from Fez tanneries effluents were tested. The effects of some environmental factors such as pH, temperature, and exposure time on Cr(VI) reduction and resistance were investigated. We found that this strain was able to resist to concentrations as high as 400 mg/l of Cr(VI). Moreover, pH 10 and the temperature 30°C constitute favourable conditions to the growth and reduction of Acinetobacter AB1. Complete reduction of Cr(VI) was observed at low initial Cr(VI) concentrations of 50 mg/l after 72 h of incubation. Furthermore, Transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis showed morphological changes in AB1 strain due 48H exposure to 100 mg/l chromate concentration and revealed circular electron dense (dark black point) inclusion within the cell cytoplasm suggesting chromium deposition within the cells.

KEYWORDS:

Acinetobacter AB1; Bioaccumulation; Chromium; Reduction; Tanneries fez

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PMC3298598
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